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The Traveller (Halloween Costume) 



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The Traveller (Halloween 
Costume) 

Written By: EIIBo 



TOOLS: 

Serrated Knifed) 
needle, scissors. (1) 



SUMMARY 

With a premade body suit, the addition of some chiffon, netting and a few fabric-covered 
foam balls, you can have a fun Ghostbusters-themed costume that just needs a bit of 
makeup to tie it together. 



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Step 1 — Get a body suit as the base of the costume 




• This takes a lot of the hard work out of this costume - this is a formfitting outfit, and trying 
to sew stretchy material will be quite a challenge. 

• Try searching for ballet or dance supplies (unitard / body suit) to match your size. 

• The important part is that the body suit should completely cover your arms and 







♦ In the second picture, the costume is almost complete, but this should give you an idea of 
the sort of body suit you're looking for to start with. 



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Step 2 — Gather materials 



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• Foam Balls 

• Usually sold as Christmas 
ornaments in craft stores - get a 
couple of different sizes ranging 
from 1/2" to 2" diameter. 

• Shiny fabric 

• You want it to be 
metallic/glittery, and stretchy, 
since you'll be wrapping the 
foam balls with these. In this 
project I use silver lame. 

Sheer fabric 

• Pastel colored (iridescent for 
best effect). Here I used 
chiffon. If you can find 
iridescent chiffon, you may not 
need the multiple colors. 

• Light-weight netting with multiple 
hole sizes and color. I used a 
small-hole sliver metallic and a 
large-hole white glitter. 



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Step 3 — Cut foam balls 



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• Take at least 3-dozen of the foam 
balls, and cut them cleanly in half. 

• You might find a cutting board and 
serrated knife handy. 

• BE CAREFUL. The foam 
can cut very easily or 
skitter away, and you could slip. 

• Use more of the smaller sized balls 
than the big ones - they create a 
better textured effect. 



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Step 4 — Cut Fabric and Wrap the Foam Balls 




• Cut the silver lame into shapes large enough to wrap around the edges of the foam 
hemispheres. 

• The back doesn't have to be pretty - stitch the corners of the fabric to each other, pulling it 
taut as you go, one corner at a time. Pull the fabric nice and snug so that you have a 
smooth metallic dome. 



# Make sure you knot your stitches really well. This is what holds the balls to the 
outfit and if the knots fail, the balls will fall off. 

• Take some of the wrapped balls, and re-wrap them with the chiffon for some variety. 



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Step 5 — Sew silver balls to body suit 



• They should follow curvy S-patterns around the entire body. Mix sizes as you go. 

• Do this on the suit as its being worn - otherwise you run the risk of binding, 
wrinkling or tearing the fabric when it is worn. 

• Sew each ball individually, knot it off and move on to the next one. 

• If you sew multiple balls in single line / stitch, the suit will probably not stretch 
correctly, and you'll tear it putting it on. 

• Don't just sew the foam to the suit - make sure you are sewing fabric on the balls to the 
body suit. 

• Pull up a corner of the body suit, pull the needle through the fabric and make a good 
knot. Now you can pull the body suit away from the body while you sew. Pull up the 
body suit for every stitch so the wearer does not become a pin cushion. 






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Step 6 — Sew layers of fabrics over the suit 




• The goal is to add a shimmering, ghostly texture to the entire outfit. 

• Interleave layers of chiffon and netting around the entire body - make sure to drape over 
the silver balls as you go. 

• As you go, tack down the fabric with simple stitches and knots. 

• The fabric should be mostly form-fitting - keep it close to the body with frequent 
stitches/knots. It should not billow or hang. 

• Again, do this with the costume being worn to make sure it looks and feels right. 



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Step 7 — Check fit and wearability 




• Have the wearer take off / put on the costume a few times to make sure nothing pulls or 
snags. 

• Look for any weird or bare spaces and fill them in with additional material as you prefer. 

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Step 8 — Hair and Makeup 




• This costume needs some ghostly makeup to really bring it together! 

• Black eyeshadow - above the eyes and along the nose, cheekbones and forehead/temple 
accents. 

• Light foundation, with fine powder glitter for glow. 

• Short, spiked hair - if you have long hair, pull it up in a ponytail and frizz the heck out of it 
straight up. Lots of hairspray. 

• Red designer contacts if you like. 

• Be sure to check the film for your inspiration. Dont forget that you need strut and 
attitude to pull it off! 



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Fun costume with no sewing machine needed, but you do need lots of time for hand-sewing all 
the parts together. 



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